Not Quite a Memoir

Of Films, Books, the World


486 Pages
7x10 Paper
B&W Photos
Silman-James Press

Not Quite a Memoir is a unique collection of pieces about the many filmmakers and writers from around the globe—Europe, the Americas, Asia, the Middle East—who populate Judy Stone’s world. In these articles, we clearly hear their voices as they talk art, politics, and culture. We get to see past the cinema screens and past the pages of books and hear lively conversations about personal freedoms, political change, nationalism, religion, women in society, gays in society, the influence of history, ideas about creating a better tomorrow, and much more.

In this book, Stone talks with and writes about more than 120 creative people who range from the pioneer Inuit filmmaker Zacharias Kunuk to the great Polish poet/essayist Czeslaw Milosz; from the innovative Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami to the writer/provocateur Jean Genet; from the tantalizing Turkish storyteller Orhan Pamuk to the “underground” Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. From Israeli Amos Gitai to Palestinian Elia Suleiman, filmmakers whose films are devilish irritants to their own “tribes.” From popular actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack to actor/filmmaker Liev Schreiber.

About Judy Stone

Judy Stone has been writing about international cinema for the San Francisco Chronicle and other publications, including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Ramparts, for over forty years. She is also the author of Eye on the World: Conversations with International Filmmakers and The Mystery of B. Traven.

“Judy Stone has the wit, the independence and the journalistic guts to call the shots as she sees them. her interviews are smashing in their revelations.”
—Studs Terkel

“Judy Stone’s book has an amazing collection of characters. I wish I were one of them.”
—Paul Newman

“We’re ordering it! Thanks for the grand work.”
—Lawrence Ferlinghetti, poet/artist, owner/publisher City Lights Books

“It’s not just a book about movies, it’s about Judy’s warp-speed curiosity with...
almost everything! Judy is a power-pack of intellectual energy in need of release.
Not Quite a Memoir roams far and wide—as Judy did in her 30 years at the
San Francisco Chronicle. And, as they say, it made me laugh ... made me cry”
—Sid Ganis, Producer and President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences

“Judy stone is a wonderfully skilled interviewer with an instinctive ability to put the
question that unlocks defenses and coaxes self-revelation.”
—Steve Wasserman, former editor, Los Angeles Times Book Review

“Judy Stone knows about movies, she know about politics, she knows about life.”
—Jules Feiffer, playwright/cartoonist

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